SU DI ME (ABOUT ME)
I am a second-generation Italian American. Growing up in a large Italian family (100% Italian, and 1 of 6 children), I remember wonderful meals, lots of laughter and lots of people! My grandparents were a tremendous inspiration, and I have fond memories of my grandmother’s (Raffaela Colombo) wonderful cooking. My parents, Leo & Mary Perrine, truly inspired their children by their incredible cooking, work ethic and their love and dedication to family. I have striven to set the same example for my children, Jessica & Nicholas, and for all my nieces and nephews.
I have always been a working mother and have been devoted to both my family and my work. As a Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PS&S, LLC, I’ve been dedicated to various community service organizations and have been an advocate for women’s leadership including advising and mentoring young women in business. As a result I have been fortunate enough to be personally recognized by many organizations, and most recently was named Woman of the Year by Central Jersey Women in Business.
As a working mother, it has been important to modify recipes, where possible, to include semi-homemade options and shortcuts. True Italian cuisine is about simple and delicious cooking, using the freshest possible ingredients. Rich Italian heritage is about combining delicious food, laughter and family. I have learned to accomplish both and have incorporated those tips in my recipes and stories. I consider this La Dolce Vita-The Sweet Life!
Jennifer (Perrine) Nevins